Marloes Staal is a visual artist based in the Netherlands, but currently working in Leipzig, Germany. She has a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) at the AKI-Artez University of the Arts in Enschede and a one year post-graduate course at the Bcademie in Rotterdam. Her work consists of sculptures based on our mental and physical relationship with the environment, rooted in architecture, ecology, anthropology and craftsmanship.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo exhibitions and numerous group shows, as well as several international Art Fairs, and her work is part of both private and public collections. Besides her artist practice, she is a founding member and has been a curator at the The Robson ateliers in Enschede, and she works as a teacher in art education at several art-spaces and museums.

Artist Statement

My work consists mainly of sculptures and photography, through which I investigate the dynamic relationship between human beings and their surroundings.

There is a constant interaction between ourselves and the world around us; our lives are determined by our environment, while at the same time we shape and construct our surroundings on the basis of our needs and cultural ideals. I relate to this ever-changing relationship between forming and at the same time being formed, by exploring both the natural and man-made landscapes, investigating the material and the metaphorical meaning of a place.

My sculptural work is figurative but abstracted, using a broad variety of everyday objects and the materials of which these objects are made of, like ceramics, textile, and concrete. By using these materials, my sculptures are often labor-intensive and time-consuming to make. In this process I’m exploring old craftsmanship, with it’s traditions and techniques, but also the significance of these materials for the human life.

My works are always related to the human body, through which I investigate both the literal and figurative meaning of the human dimension in our surroundings, and therefore creating a strong physical experience for the viewer.